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The Business Side of Things

Venturing into photography for the love of photography is one thing, but transitioning into making it a business, full or part time, is a completely different endeavor all together as I am finding out. I have always been told by other who have seen...

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Search for Eagles

The Great Lakes region, especially in the winter can be a hotbed for photographing eagles, particularly, bald eagles. Even though eagles will scavenge for food, a fresh fish dinner is preferred when they can get one. This year, the winters have been especially...

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Tips for shooting in the snow

With winter upon us, I thought it would be nice to offer some tips for shooting in the snow that have helped my my photography . These may seem basic, but they are practical and are tried and true, So without further delay,...

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Ultrawide Lens Comparison

When in the market for ultra-wide landscape lenses, I had really two options that would work with Z system from Nikon. The 14-30mm f/4 S and the 14-24mm f/2.8 S lenses. Nikon makes some seriously good wide lenses and the old AF-S...

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Cranbrook Gardens

The property of Cranbrook House and Grdens was the residence or George and Ellen Booth at the turn of the twentieth century. Both shared interests in landscaping, art and sculptures, along with having a philathropist spirit. Garnering hsi fortune from publishing, George booth...

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Photography is not about likes

I have to chuckle when I am among other photographers and I hear them talking about likes, and followers. It is as if their photography depends on this and they become hyper-focused on how many views a particular photo received. This then seems...

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Memory card mess up

I want to share an incident that happened to me regarding my memory cards, specifically XQD versus CFexpress. Now, full disclosure, this was all my fault. Not the card or the camera, but all me. Here is what happened. While on...

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Evolution of a Static

Anyone who has ever attended and airshow can tell you, they are busy. People, tents, food kiosks, buildings, and more are all around as part of the show. This makes for a challenge when trying to capture aviation statics with any type of...

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The social side of photography

Finding a genre in photography that excites you I believe is what can keep you going. The excitement of trying to better photographs that already have or capturing something new is all part of the passion for me.. On aspect I really enjoy...

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Nikon Z8 for Airshows

I was very excited to try the Nikon Z8 for an upcoming airshow that I have been looking forward to for sometime. Having many of the same characteristics of the Nikon Z9, I was eager to put it through its paces. Here is...

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Shiawassee National Refuge

The 10,000 acre Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1953 for use as an inviolate sanctuary and for any other management purposes of migratory birds. The refuge also serves as an ideal destination for recreation. As a designated Important Bird Area, it is a...

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Photographers and thick skin

As creatives, photographers put themselves and their work out there often knowing full well that criticsim will surely come from some who don't like the product. There are those who can constructively review your work and provide insights and for those individuals, I value...

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Nikon’s Z9 Auto Capture

I have been very eager to use Nikon's new auto capture feature on the brilliant Z9. Finally had a chance this weekend with the most challenging of subjects, hummingbirds. This new feature takes remote photography to the most basic form, simply set and...

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The Nikon Z8, I stand corrected

At the beginning of the Nikon Z8 release, I wrote a post wondering if the Z8 was just a means for Nikon to boost their profits and capitalize on the success of the Z line of mirrorless cameras. Having had a chance to finally...

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Desicion Time on Z 180-600 Lens

The Nikon Z ecosystem keeps improving and bringing out new lenses that compliment the Z series bodies. The most recent is the Nikon Z 180-600 f/5.6-6.3 super telephoto. This looks like a spectacular lens and based on all the videos out there and...

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Learning about the past

If anything, history teaches us about our past. Where we have made mistakes and how far we have come. I love history of all types and while traveling on vacation with the family, we had an opportunity to visit the historic community of...

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New files

It is always a exciting moment when I can add to my libray of files with a new species that I perhaps have seen, but have not yet photographed. That happened this weekend when I was finally able to add the White Crowned Sparrow...

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Product innovation or profit booster

Back on April 25th, I did a post on the then rumored NikonZ8. Well, it is no longer a rumor as specs continue to roll out on this camera. That got me thinking about how camera manufacturers roll out products, not just Nikon,...

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Practice your skills

As photographers we all know the importance of practicing our basics. Proper hand-holding, panning and getting things right in the camera. Part of practicing our skillset IMHO should also occur in the digital darkroom with apps such as Lightroom, Photoshop, Capture One or...

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The rumored Nikon Z8

The mirrorless revolution is in full swing. Nikon is getting ever closer to announcing the release of the Niko Z8. As of this post there has not been an official release date, but there have been many updates from reputable sites about leaked...

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Essential Gear: Not what you think

Photographers have many thing they probably consider essential gear, but I have found this one to be very valuable and unlike most gear purchases, this one is relatively inexpensive. It gives me piece of mind and is no larger than a quarter. So...

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Travel Tripods

This is a dilemma that I am sure every photographer faces at some point. Traveling abroad with a tripod, but which one to get. For me personally, I wanted certain things in a travel tripod. It definitely had to be carbon fiber, lightweight, affordable, it...

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Tragopan Blinds: Essential Gear

Getting close to shy critters or birds is always a priority for wildlife photographers. Often though, this is a challenge even with the best techniques and knowledge you will find you may need to employ a blind. Blinds or hides as they are...

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Gear Review: Think Tank Trailscape 18L

Backpacks, Rolling Bags, Sling bags or Daypacks, you name it, I have probably tried it. One thing photographers will tend to accumulate are bags. Why then would I gravitate toward another and the answer is to solve a problem. While planning a...

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Keep those feeders stocked

Spring is a magical time. Things beginnning to green up, critters are doing the birds and the bees thing and the birds are beginning to look for nests to raise the next generation. What a great time to fire up the backyard birding...

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Light Shaping Tool

At some point, as photographers, we are going to want to sell off old gear that we no longer use or have upgraded. Certainly lighting this for postings can be challenging. Product photographers know this and have all kinds of methods for enhancing what...

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Gear Review: Nikon Z f/4.5 S

General Overview: The Z 400mm f4.5 VR S is Nikon’s second 400mm telephoto prime lens for Z-mount after the Z 400mm f2.8 TC VR S.  Nikon as the the smallest and lightest 400mm lens that the company has ever created.  Unlike the Z 800mm f6.3 VR...

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Daylight Savings Time

Don’t forget to adjust the setting in the menu of the camera and turn on the Daylight Savings Time setting. The internal clock on the cameras are not always the most accurate, so best to check the actual time anyway. None the less, its...

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Essential Winter Gear

Winter photography is one of the most gratifying for me. One of the challenges in the winter is warmth, especially in the hands. Cold really does not bother me that much, but at times, as temps dip, keeping the digits warm can be challenging. A...

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Gear Review: Profoto A10

For years I have been using Nikon Speedlights and truth be told, they have served me well and functioned as advertised. To this day I still utilize them as needed and the ones that I use are the SB-5000 speedlights. Recently, while out shooting with some friends,...

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